Drug addiction is consuming. Yet overcoming your drug addiction often involves more than simply deciding to stop taking drugs. Many people with a drug or alcohol addiction will struggle with cravings and the urge to relapse, as well as issues coping with stress, anxiety, and depression that push them back towards addiction.
This is why Long Island drug addiction therapy is an essential part of any drug treatment. Therapy is designed to help to change underlying thoughts and habits that make recovery more difficult, and give you tools that you need to not only stay off drugs, but to learn to cope with challenges without them.
Why Counseling is Important for Recovering Drug Addicts
Addiction is more than just a physical dependence upon a drug of choice. Even after someone has detoxified off drugs, their physical dependence, psychological and social factors can put a patient at a high risk for relapse. Certain stimuli can cause a relapse, such as:
- Certain places or things that remind a recovering addict of drugs
- Stressful situations, including putting your life back together after addiction has taken a toll
- Spending time with friends or family who continue to abuse drugs
These factors can easily create situations where recovering addicts have nearly irresistible urges to return to drug use. Drug abuse therapy helps addicts escape their cravings and learn the skills needed to cope with daily life without using drugs.
Therapy for Recovering Addicts in Long Island
My name is Dr. Marc Shulman, and I am a Long Island psychologist with experience working with recovering drug addicts. I know that the right therapeutic treatment is one that is tailored to the individual’s specific addiction and their individual needs. This is why I use a unique approach called Dynamic Experiential Learning (DEL) that integrates multiple therapeutic methods so that each client receives the individualized treatment that they need.
This approach is designed to facilitate your recovery by uncovering underlying issues that developed early in your life that have interfered with your functioning as an adult.
Contact Me Today to Get Started
Therapy for addictions has proven to be an effective method to control cravings or urges to relapse. If you are seeking a strong foundation to begin repairing the damage your addiction has caused in your life, please call today at (516) 731-0273 to schedule an intake appointment.
We can begin your recovery with a detailed evaluation that will be the base with which we create a tailored treatment plan that will specifically address your concerns and challenges.